Breaking the Rules

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  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 5.5  (722)

Breaking the Rules is a 1992 coming-of-age comedy-drama directed by Neal Israel and starring Shawn Phelan, Jackey Vinson, and Marty Belafsky. The film showcases the story of three high school seniors who decide to break the rules and live life on their own terms before they graduate. The lead character, Jason (Shawn Phelan), is a talented runner who works hard to maintain his perfect image. The other two teens, Alex (Jackey Vinson) and Freddy (Marty Belafsky), are misfits who strive to become popular by going against the system. With their school days coming to an end, they come up with a plan to break all the rules before they graduate.

The trio's initial plan is to party hard and enjoy their last year of school with minimum responsibilities. However, things take a different turn when Jason falls in love with a new girl in school, Darcy (Adrianne Sachs). Darcy is different from most girls in school, and Jason soon develops a crush on her. But Darcy is not impressed by Jason's perfect image and thinks he is too uptight for her liking. This leads to a series of events where Jason tries to break free from his own image and be true to himself.

Meanwhile, Alex and Freddy are making their own plans to become popular and find themselves in trouble with the school administration. Their wild antics soon become known to everyone, and their parents become concerned about their reckless behavior. The trio realizes that they need to take responsibility for their actions before it's too late.

Breaking the Rules touches upon several coming-of-age themes such as self-discovery, peer pressure, and growing up. The film does an excellent job of portraying the different personas that exist within a high school setting. Jason's character is an accurate representation of the typical overachiever who wants to be liked by everyone. Alex and Freddy's characters represent the kids who don't fit in and are looking for acceptance in their own way.

The movie's soundtrack features popular songs from the early 90s, adding to the film's nostalgic appeal. The cinematography is vibrant, capturing the vibrant mood of a high school setting. Breaking the Rules has several humorous moments that give the film a light-hearted tone, making it an enjoyable watch.

The movie explores various teenage dilemmas, such as decisions about the future, including college choices and career paths. It also depicts the true American school experience with sports, dances, and cult-like high school cliques.

Overall, Breaking the Rules is an underrated 90s classic that provides an accurate portrayal of the high school experience. It touches upon several coming-of-age themes and provides good entertainment value. The movie is suitable for all ages, and its message is relevant to teenagers today. Any young adult's movie collection wouldn't be complete without Breaking the Rules.

Breaking the Rules is a 2001 comedy. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5.

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